A great American story comes to life when Michigan Opera Theatre presents “The Grapes of Wrath.” Based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck, the opera opens May 11 with performances through Sunday, May 19.
A heart-wrenching opera in two acts, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family on their quest for survival during the 1930s Dust Bowl. Featuring folksy, jazz-inspired music by Ricky Ian Gordon, The Grapes of Wrath has been called “the great American opera.”
The MOT production is conducted by Michael Christie. The opera is directed by James Robinson. It will be sung in English, with supertitle projections.
The music is by Ricky Ian Gordon. The libretto is by Michael Korie. The opera premiered in Saint Paul in 2007.
The image above is a detail of “The Departure of the Joads.” Created by Thomas Hart Benton in 1939, the lithograph is part of the collection in the National Gallery of Art.